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Wooly Boobs?

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

I ran across a fascinating story today out of the UK. (Now chances are good that some of you have already heard of this and are going to say "duh...that's been going on forever." Fine...you're so much smarter than me. Yay for you. :) Now explain to me exactly why you haven't already emailed me to tell me about this great idea? Now that you've been put in your places, let's get on with the story. ;)

So...again...I ran across a fascinating story today out of the UK that involves a 73 year old woman, a lactation counselor and some wooly boobs. What? Did you read that right? Yep...WOOLY BOOBS.

Apparently one of the hospitals over in the UK ran out of funds to purchase the expensive plastic breasts that are often used by LCs to show mothers how to latch baby on, how to manually express milk and so on. The solution? Find a pattern for knitted breasts and ask a grandmother to go to work.

They did, and she did and the result are some of the softest (and most colorful!) breasts that you can imagine.


It seems the woolly boobs have been a surprise hit on the maternity ward. "They are much cheaper to make,' says Marie. 'It costs about 30p for each one. And as I get better at making them, I am branching out and knitting all different colours, and sizes to suit all shapes of mum and mums of ethnic origin.'

Kate, 45, told the paper; ' It sounds funny but it is an important public health issue. Breastfeeding can be tough, and a lot of woman lack the confidence to do it. My mum is saving us a lot of money and helping out so many new mums.'


I was able to find a group in Australia that offers these wooly boobs for sale and that actually shows some great images of what they look like. Check out this lucky little guy slumbering peacefully in a nest of breast.

Personally, I think the idea is just priceless.

I've also learned that some cancer survivors are also making use of knitted breasts after having mastectomies. In fact, I found a site called "Titbits" that will custom create a knitted breast for you. If you know a breast cancer survivor with a sense of humor, they just might love this site. Any site that sells "everyday tits," "fancy tits" and even "floozie tits" is ok by me! There's even a pattern available online.

I really do need to learn how to knit!

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  1. Blogger Philippe de Largilliere | 2:19 PM |  

    It's a great idea !
    Thanks from France ! Far from country ...
    Ph

  2. Blogger ❉ pixie ❉ | 4:03 PM |  

    Haven't seen the wooly boobs, but did see a knitted uterus at my birthing class last month.

  3. Blogger Darlene | 7:11 PM |  

    Jennifer,
    What'll they think of next? What a great idea...thanks for the grin and for sharing.

    When my niece had her son, all I could think of to show her how to express colostrum to entice him to latch on was to whip out my own...the blush set in about 10 minutes later...a wooly boob would have been soooo much better! :)

  4. Anonymous Anonymous | 12:02 AM |  

    Just wanted to say I LOVE your blog and your shirts!!!!! I am so excited to read your thoughts because they so reflect mine! I have 2 children, Jonah is 28 months and Ellie is 10....I started off with the same views as you and the more I researched and the more I thought about it, I came to many of the same conclusions about breastfeeding and raising my kids! I thought of a funny shirt today......."Attached at the Nip".....I was leaving a message for a friend and said, "I'll answer the phone if we aren't attached at the nip!" and cracked myself up....if it cracks you up too you are free to use it!

  5. Blogger Jennifer | 6:09 AM |  

    LOL! That one is pretty funny. :)

    To note...my daughter, Elnora...I call her Nora or Elnora here on the blog, but my husband and her grandpa's call her "Ellie." ;)

    Thanks for "outing" yourself in the comments! I hope you stick around.

  6. Blogger Ali Crehan Feeney | 9:19 AM |  

    You can crochet 'em, too! I made one as a thank you for our Nursing Mothers Council Training Director, including a little note that said, "For all you do, this boob's for you."

    :)

  7. Anonymous amygeekgrl | 1:41 PM |  

    those are wonderful! :)
    i've seen knitted baby hats that look like a boob and my midwife has some vaginas made out of cloth (to help educate girls about their bodies).

  8. Anonymous Anonymous | 8:41 PM |  

    OMG, CUTEST THING EVER. I can crochet, I think I ought to whip up some boobies. :)

    -Jill

  9. Anonymous Anonymous | 3:25 PM |  

    I can't knit, but can crochet. We are looking to make a bunch of breasts for teaching in our clinics. Anyone know a link or have a crochet breast pattern they can share?

  10. Anonymous Anonymous | 7:32 PM |  

    Hey, I can knit. I need that pattern. I would deinitely slumber peacefully in a nest of breast!! Huge Tits Milf

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